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    Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement 

    The Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement brings innovative artistic excellence to Manhattan's Lower East Side through diverse, cutting-edge performances; exhibitions and artist residencies; arts training and workshops for all ages; and arts-in-education programming in public schools. It delivers a wide range of social service and arts programming to more than 100,000 New Yorkers each year. Distinguished by a profound connection to its neighbors, a willingness to address new problems with swift and innovative solutions, and a strong record of accomplishment, Henry Street challenges the effects of urban poverty by helping families achieve better lives for themselves and their children.

    March 26, 2011 at 3 PM, Neighborhood Concert: Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta 



    Absolutely Live Entertainment—founded by Danny Melnick—is a full-service festival, concert, tour, and special-event production company. With more than 20 years of concert management experience, its staff has created, produced, and managed many successful international events.

    March 20, 2011 at 7 PM, Kodo Drummers
    April 6, 2011 at 9:30 PM, Toshiko Akiyoshi 


    Asian Contemporary Art Week  

    Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) connects leading New York galleries and museums in a citywide event of public programs, exhibitions, receptions, lectures, artist conversations, performances, and more. In 2011, the week includes a number of exhibitions and lectures of Japanese art.

    March 21–March 31, 2011, Asian Contemporary Art Week 


    Asia Society  

    Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices worldwide. Asia Society is the leading global organization that works to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. It seeks to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture.

    September 9, 2010–January 2, 2011, Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool 


    Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater, May 2010. Photo by Alexander Severin  

    The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) opened its doors in New York City's Hell's Kitchen in November 2005. BAC serves as a creative laboratory, meeting place, and performance space for a vibrant community of international artists who are served through a robust residency program augmented by a range of professional services. BAC is also dedicated to building audiences for the arts by presenting contemporary, innovative work at low- or no-cost to ticket buyers.

    March 29–April 9, 2011, Eiko and Koma: Naked A Living Installation 



    Bloomberg is the world's most trusted source of information for financial professionals and businesses. Bloomberg combines innovative technology with unmatched analytics, data, news, and display and distribution capabilities, to deliver critical information via the Bloomberg Professional service and multimedia platforms. Bloomberg's media properties span television, radio, digital, and print, making up one of the world's largest news organizations with more than 2,300 news and multimedia professionals at 146 bureaus in 72 countries.

    March 14, 2011, Innovating and Profiting in Contemporary Japan 


    Brooklyn Botanic Gardens  

    Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden—a 52-acre urban oasis situated in the heart of Brooklyn, New York—is one of North America's premier public gardens. Along with displaying world-class collections of plants and specialty gardens, it is deeply committed to education, community outreach, and scientific research, in addition to being a trusted source of information about horticulture, botany, and the importance of conserving plants and protecting the environment.

    February 1–May 1, 2011, Graceful Perseverance 


    Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts  

    Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts-education programs that reflect Brooklyn's diverse communities at affordable prices. Each season, more than 70,000 arts patrons enjoy multicultural music, dance, theater, and family performances in the 2,400-seat Walt Whitman Theatre. Popular events include the Target FamilyFun Series and the SchoolTime educational programs that serve more than 45,000 schoolchildren annually. Brooklyn Center is also committed to community outreach, offering several free performances each season.

    March 27, 2011 at 2 PM, Neighborhood Concert: Soh Daiko 



    For more than 35 years, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace shares its facility with the church, The Poetry Project, and The Incubator Theater. Danspace Project's Commissioning Initiative has commissioned more than 380 new works since its inception in 1994.

    March 29–April 9, 2011, Eiko and Koma: Naked A Living Installation 


    Film Forum  

    Film Forum began in 1970 as an alternative screening space for independent films. It presents two distinct, complementary film programs: NYC theatrical premieres of American independents; and foreign art films and repertory selections that include foreign and American classics, genre works, festivals, and directors' retrospectives. A third screen is dedicated to extended runs of popular selections from both programs, as well as new films for longer engagements. It is the only autonomous nonprofit cinema in New York City and one of the few in the US. As a cinema of ideas, Film Forum is committed to presenting an international array of films that treat diverse social, political, historical, and cultural realities.

    December 3–16, 2010, TAKEMITSU
    April 1–21, 2011, 5 Japanese Divas 


    Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies  

    Founded in 1968, the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies at Columbia University is an international liaison and research center designed primarily to serve European and American scholars whose primary area of study focuses on pre-Meiji Japan. The overall purpose of the institute is to encourage research on neglected aspects of pre-modern Japanese civilization, especially during the medieval period—centuries which, until the 1970s, had received scarce attention by Japanese and Western scholars alike.

    December 16, 2010 at 6 PM, Glories of the Japanese Traditional Music Heritage: Winds and Strings of Change
    March 29, 2011 at 6 PM, Glories of the Japanese Traditional Music Heritage: Japanese Sacred Court Music and Ancient Soundscapes Reborn 


    Japan Society. Photo by Suzanne Finley  

    Founded in 1907, Japan Society has evolved into a world-class, multidisciplinary hub for global leaders, artists, scholars, educators, and English- and Japanese-speaking audiences. More than 100 events are presented each year, featuring sophisticated, topically relevant presentations of Japanese art and culture; and open, critical dialogue on issues of vital importance to the US, Japan, and East Asia. An American nonprofit, nonpolitical organization, Japan Society cultivates a constructive, resonant, and dynamic relationship between the people of the US and Japan.

    October 2010–January 2011, The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin
    March 18–June 12, 2011, Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art
    March 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM, Kashu-juku Noh Theater
    March 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM, Kashu-juku Noh Theater
    March 26, 2011 at 1 PM, Noh Workshop: Movement and Musical Instruments
    March 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM, Kashu-juku Noh Theater


    Juilliard School  

    The Juilliard School has established this country's standard for education in the performing arts, beginning with music in 1905. In 1951, its Dance Division was established. Juilliard became part of Lincoln Center in 1968, adding a four-year drama program. A residence hall—the school's first—was completed in 1990, and in 2001, Juilliard broke new ground with the addition of its jazz program; a graduate program in Historical Performance began in fall 2009, the same year that Juilliard inaugurated its partnership with the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Currently more than 800 young artists from 44 states (plus Washington, DC) and 46 foreign countries attend Juilliard.

    March 29, 2011 at 8 PM, Juilliard Percussion Ensemble
    April 8, 2011 at 8 PM, New Juilliard Ensemble 


    LaGuardia Performing Arts Center  

    The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC), at LaGuardia Community College / CUNY, is committed to presenting culturally and ethnically diverse programming of the highest quality for the CUNY community, the residents of Queens, and the tri-state area. LPAC has a rich history of providing opportunities for children and families to gain experience in the theater and to build a tradition of art-appreciation that will flourish for years to come. This has been accomplished through a policy of professional artistic standards, community outreach and service, and low ticket prices.

    April 2, 2011 at 8 PM, Neighborhood Concert: Line C3 Percussion Group 


    Lehman Stages  

    Lehman Stages is a performance and rehearsal facility at Lehman College in the Bronx. It has served as an invaluable cultural resource for the Bronx and the larger New York City community. Lehman Stages is dedicated to the creation and presentation of performing arts programming of all disciplines, with a special focus on education and cultural diversity. Lehman Stages aspires to be an artistic touchstone for emerging artists of all backgrounds and a training facility for Lehman College’s theater and dance program.

    April 9, 2011 at 8 PM, Neighborhood Concert: Soh Daiko 


    (Le) Poisson Rouge  

    (Le) Poisson Rouge is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue's mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences.

    March 14, 2011 at 8 PM, Deerhoof 



    Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments, including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands. Macy's is known for such epic events as the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows, and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of its customers.

    March 27–April 10, 2011 Macy's Flower Show 



    The Martha Graham Dance Company, founded by Martha Graham in 1926, is the oldest and one of the most celebrated modern-dance companies in the world. It presents the classic Graham repertory and new choreography in its home city of New York and on tour, featuring an international roster of today's most talented dance artists.

    March 17, 2011 at 8 PM, Martha Graham Dance Company
    March 20, 2011 at 2 PM, Martha Graham Dance Company 



    New Audiences Productions, under the direction of Founder and President Julie Lokin, has been producing concerts in the New York–area for more than 35 years. Known primarily for promoting jazz and world-music events, the company also serves as a consultant for other promoters and jazz festivals around the world.

    March 20, 2011 at 7 PM, Kodo Drummers 


    New York Public Library  

    The New York Public Library (NYPL) comprises 89 locations that include four research centers and a network of neighborhood libraries throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. The NYPL provides free and open access to its physical and electronic collections and information, as well as to its services for people of all ages. Its combined research and circulating collections total more than 50 million items, among them materials for the visually impaired. In addition, each year the NYPL presents thousands of exhibitions and public programs, including classes in technology, literacy, researching, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The NYPL annually serves 16 million patrons.

    Multiple dates, Calligraphy and Manga Education Events 


    The Noguchi Museum, New York © The Noguchi Museum. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella  

    Occupying a renovated industrial building that dates from the 1920s, The Noguchi Museum, located in Long Island City, New York, comprises 10 indoor galleries and an internationally celebrated outdoor sculpture garden. Since its founding in 1985, the museum—itself widely viewed as among the artist's greatest achievements—has exhibited a comprehensive selection of sculpture in stone, metal, wood, and clay, as well as models for public projects and gardens, dance sets, and Noguchi's Akari light sculptures. Together, this installation and The Noguchi Museum's diverse special exhibitions offer a rich, contextualized view of the artist's work, illuminating his influential legacy of innovation.

    November 17, 2010–April 24, 2011, On Becoming an Artist: Isamu Noguchi and His Contemporaries, 1922–1960 


    Paley Center for Media  

    The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and the media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, The Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, innovations, personalities, and leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, The Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.

    April 2, 2011 at 1 PM, A Window on Japan: A Film Series—Special Family Screening
    April 2, 2011 at 3 PM, A Window on Japan: A Film Series 



    The Wall Street Journal is the world's leading business publication with more than two million subscribers and is the largest US newspaper by total paid circulation. The Wall Street Journal franchise, with a global audience of 3.6 million, also comprises The Wall Street Journal Asia, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com, the leading provider of business and financial news and analysis on the web with more than one million subscribers and 25 million visitors per month. WSJ.com is the flagship site of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, which also includes MarketWatch.com, Barrons.com, AllThingsD.com, and SmartMoney.com. The Wall Street Journal Radio Network services news and information to more than 400 radio stations in the US The Wall Street Journal holds 33 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism.

    March 31, 2011 From Race Cars to Rice Wine: Inside Japanese Style with WSJ Weekend
    April 1, 2011 Talking Tech with Sony and The Wall Street Journal 


    Works & Process at the Guggenheim  

    Since 1984 and in over 300 productions, Works & Process at the Guggenheim has been a pioneer in creating groundbreaking and carefully crafted programs that provide unprecedented access to today's leading performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, directors, poets, and minds. Each program uniquely blends performance, demonstration, and discussion among creative collaborators and explores the creative process.

    December 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Peter and the Wolf
    December 11, 2010 at 4 PM, Peter and the Wolf
    December 12, 2010 at 11 AM, Peter and the Wolf
    December 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM, Peter and the Wolf
    December 17, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Peter and the Wolf
    December 17, 2010 at 4 PM, Peter and the Wolf
    December 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Peter and the Wolf
    December 18, 2010 at 4 PM, Peter and the Wolf
    December 19, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Peter and the Wolf
    December 19, 2010 at 4 PM, Peter and the Wolf 



    World Music Institute (WMI) is the premier presenter of world music and dance in the US. Since its founding in 1985, WMI has built the most comprehensive concert series of music and dance in the nation, presenting more than 1,400 ensembles and soloists from over 100 countries and regions. In addition to its concert series in New York, WMI organizes national tours and maintains an extensive catalog of recordings, videos and books of traditional music.

    March 25, 2011 at 10 PM, Yutaka Oyama and Masahiro Nitta